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Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory

Senior Systems Analyst

Laurel, MD


Are you an innovator who can analyze complex requirements, design solutions to meet customer needs and deliver customer value?

Are you curious about new technologies, systems, and tools?

If so, we're looking for someone like you to join our team at APL.

We are seeking a Sr. Systems Analyst who will help us build positive relationships with our internal customers, working to understand their needs and to craft the processes, systems, and solutions that will enable them to meet their business objectives more effectively, then successfully guide those customers through the changes in their processes. You will be joining a dynamic team who thrive on providing creative and timely solutions for both complex on-premise systems and cloud applications. We strive to develop an environment of learning and collaboration and as a member of our team, you will play a major role in both operations support and new development and contribute to our success.

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As a Senior Systems Analyst, you will:

  • Lead analysis for Commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) software by quickly learning new functionality, developing detailed business requirements and process flows, evaluating different software alternatives, configuring software, and developing requirements for integrations and reports.
  • Lead requirements for Agile software development by meeting with stakeholders and defining functional and system requirements, creating Agile epics, crafting user stories, use cases and acceptance criteria and working with the application owner and technical lead to prioritize and deliver high value solutions to the customer in a timely manner.


You meet our minimum qualifications for the job if you...

  • Possess a Bachelor's degree in Information Systems, Software Engineering, Computer Science, or related technical field or equivalent years of professional work experience in related field.
  • Have 8+ years of professional work experience in a technical field.
  • Possess 3+ years of prior experience in Agile methodologies, specifically breaking down epics into smaller user stories, writing acceptance criteria and preparing cost estimates.
  • At least 1 year of previous project or team leadership experience.
  • Demonstrated ability in implementing, maintaining and supporting IT systems with detailed knowledge of full software development process.
  • Experience with data analysis.
  • Knowledge of SQL and data modeling concepts.
  • Strong problem-solving and conflict resolution skills with capability of advising multi-functional teams.
  • An effective communicator, adept at fostering collaboration and effectively presenting findings to technical and non-technical partners.
  • Excellent attention to detail, anticipate problems and initiate action, handle multiple tasks and projects, and react to changing priorities while maintaining work quality and accuracy.
  • Are able to obtain a Secret security clearance. If selected, you will be subject to a government security clearance investigation and must meet the requirements for access to classified information. Eligibility requirements include U.S. citizenship.

You'll go above and beyond our minimum requirements if you...

  • Experience with innovation and collaboration COTS tools like Slack, SharePoint, Confluence Wiki
  • Master's degree in Information Systems, Software Engineering, Computer Science, or related field
  • Experience in deployment process of enterprise web applications
  • Certification in Business Analysis and Design, Agile Methodologies or related field

Special Working Conditions: Occasional weekend and other after hours work required to handle and/or complete maintenance or project related activities.

Why work at APL?

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) brings world-class expertise to our nation's most critical defense, security, space and science challenges. While we are dedicated to solving complex challenges and pioneering new technologies, what makes us truly outstanding is our culture. We offer a vibrant, welcoming atmosphere where you can bring your authentic self to work, continue to grow, and build strong connections with inspiring teammates.

At APL, we celebrate our differences and encourage creativity and bold, new ideas. Our employees enjoy generous benefits, including a robust education assistance program, unparalleled retirement contributions, and a healthy work/life balance. APL's campus is located in the Baltimore-Washington metro area. Learn more about our career opportunities at

About Us

APL is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, occupation, marital or familial status, political opinion, personal appearance, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

APL is committed to promoting an innovative environment that embraces diversity, encourages creativity, and supports inclusion of new ideas. In doing so, we are committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals of all abilities, including those with disabilities. If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate in any part of the hiring process, please contact Only by ensuring that everyone's voice is heard are we empowered to be bold, do great things, and make the world a better place.

Client-provided location(s): Laurel, MD, USA
Job ID: hopkins-6941_55076
Employment Type: Other